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Expert in Coatings Technology

Expert ID: 736432 Pennsylvania, USA

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EXPERTISE
• Refinish, Automotive, Industrial, and Architectural coatings technology
• Expert Witness services
• Coatings development and formulation
• Polymer and oligomer development for coating resin systems
• Coatings Marketplace structure and market drivers
• Coatings Raw Materials market supply and sourcing knowledge
• Scale-up and process development for coatings manufacture

• Technical support in coatings formulation, product development, testing, and raw material supply
o Helped clients to formulate new coatings that had improved surface characteristics, which were successfully commercialized.
o Guided clients on the best use for new raw materials in coatings formulations.
o Have provided formulating expertise for clients new to coatings industry.

• Coatings Manufacturers and Raw Material Suppliers marketplace analysis
o Worked with clients to analyze acrylic monomer supply in the Industrial Coatings market.

• Technical training in coatings technology
o Provided an all-day course on coatings technology to clients.
o Have provided requested presentations to clients on the chemistry of coatings and marketplace needs in the coatings field.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Physical Chemistry Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Year: 1982 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemistry Institution: Miami University, Oxford, OH

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Independent Consultant
Responsibilities:
Independent Consultant: Owner of a consulting business providing support to clients involved with the Coatings Industry
Services provided to clients include:
• Technical support in coatings formulation, product development, testing, and raw material supply
• Coatings Manufacturers and Raw Material Suppliers marketplace analysis
• Technical training in coatings technology
• Expert witness engagements for coatings liability cases
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1987 to 2010 Employer: DuPont Company Title: Senior Research Associate Department: Performance Coatings
Responsibilities:
-Technical Leader Automotive Refinish Clearcoat Group
-Paint Formulator for Automotive Basecoats and Clearcoats
-Co-inventor on five U.S. Patents

• Reformulated Refinish Basecoat systems to provide improved property and application performance while maintaining color matching capabilities.
• Technical Leader of the Refinish Clearcoat group during the development and commercialization of the DuPont "HyperCure™" Clearcoat line, that set new standards in the marketplace for productivity. Received a DuPont Marketing Excellence Recognition Award for this commercialization.
• Developed a number of new polymers and oligomers with novel structures to enable lower VOC coatings with improved productivity. Two US Patents awarded for this work.
• Managed technical supplier interactions as Vendor Coordinator. This role included:
o Acting as liaison between suppliers and the technical community to assure DuPont had the best available external technologies.
o Managing raw material supply programs to assure product availability.
o Working to maintain critical technical business relationships with key suppliers.
• Provided leadership as Lean Transformation Coordinator for Lean simplification teams at DuPont Front Royal manufacturing plant. Reformulation and process changes implemented for cost savings of over $100k annually. Have Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and have participated on ISO Quality Teams.
• Developed and formulated a family of Refinish Clearcoat products, coined "ChromaClear™", that were the main brand offering for DuPont Refinish over the span of about a decade. This product line was recognized by the Refinish marketplace as one of the strengths of DuPont Refinish Coatings. Received a Special Compensation Award for this commercialization.
• Developed DuPont's first low VOC clearcoat for the Heavy Duty Truck industry, employing a unique rheology agent to maintain appearance.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society
American Coatings Association
Philadelphia ACS Chemical Consultants Network
Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology
Licenses / Certifications
• Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Instructional I Certificate—Chemistry, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, Post-Baccalaureate program, 2013
Professional Appointments
Board of Directors Committee, Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology
Awards / Recognition
Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology
• Invited Panel Member for panel discussion, “Solving Formulation and Testing Challenges,” Eastern Coatings Show, 2017
• Wayne Kraus Technical Lecture Award Recipient
Publications and Patents Summary
Co-author on 12 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Co-inventor on five U.S. Patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
- Expert Witness for case where Plaintiffs bring claims against various manufacturers of white lead carbonate pigment.

- Expert Witness for codefendant; Expert reports filed in all three cases. Deposition and Trial testimony provided for all cases.; Deposition testimony as witness; trial testimony 2019

- Inter Parties Review of Patent; Expert Witness for Petitioner Reactive Surfaces. Declaration in Support of Petition and Reply Declaration filed.; Deposition testimony in 2017

- US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Case: To Be Assigned, Inter Parties Review of Patent; Expert Witness for Petitioner Reactive Surfaces. Declaration in Support of Petition filed 2017.

- US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Case: To Be Assigned, Inter Parties Review of Patent; Expert Witness for Petitioner Reactive Surfaces. Declaration in Support of Petition filed 2016.

- Court of Common Pleas for the State of Delaware, Expert was designated as Expert Witness for the Defendant. Case was withdrawn by the Plaintiff February 2014.

- Served as Expert Witness for codefendant; Declaration filed; provided deposition and court testimony. A judgement of not liable was found. -Deposition testimony in 2012 and 2013 -Trial testimony in 2013.
Vendor Selection
Managed technical supplier interactions as Vendor Coordinator for DuPont Performance Coatings. This role included:
o Acting as liaison between suppliers and the technical community to assure DuPont had the best available external technologies.
o Managing raw material supply programs to assure product availability.
o Working to maintain critical technical business relationships with key suppliers.

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